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Ron Sarazin

                                 Ron Sarazin is passionate about helping managers and leaders make a difference for their organization and their                                     careers.  Ron has expertise in executive coaching, strategic planning, customer service, project management, and                                   team/organization collaboration.  He understands the system of work and can help others improve the results of                                       their organization as well as their own personal impact.  As the President of Olympic Performance, Inc. since                                           1991, he has completed hundreds of engagements with a wide variety of managers and leaders in organizations                                      ranging from broadband technology to government.

Ron graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University (OSU) and has completed advanced training at the University of Idaho and Stanford University.  He has successfully been examined as an ISO 9000 lead auditor by the Governing Board of the National Registration Scheme for Assessors of Quality Systems (also known as the IQA) in the United Kingdom.

Ron started his professional experience in 1976.  He has held leadership or officer positions with the Aluminum Company of America, PACCAR (owner of Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 8 truck manufacturing companies), Portland General Electric, and Mutual Health Systems, Inc. (a dental services health care company, now part of InterDent, Inc.). 

In 1991, he launched Olympic Performance, Inc.   As a consultant, his specialty is in helping clients develop powerful strategic plans and effectively deploying and monitoring them to realize results.  His services also include conducting employee surveys, guiding projects back on track, facilitating the completion of business case analysis for potential investments, improving process performance through rapid process improvement, helping stressed organization through change, and providing executive coaching for key management personnel. 

Ron is an accomplished programmer, author and trainer.  He developed two computer programs marketed nationally: Fixed Asset Depreciation and M105D.  He created a 360-degree leadership assessment instrument titled Management 2000 and authored a training module titled Managing Customer Expectations, incorporated in the Partners for Quality standardized curriculum.  He developed certificate programs for Portland State University including a five-day course titled Creating Customer-Centered Organizational Excellence and a ten-day course titled Business Analysis Certificate. He currently teaches four additional courses he wrote titled Operational Excellence, Project Planning and Organization, Project Execution and Management, and Introduction to Agile/Scrum. 

Ron has written and delivered training and consulting programs through Olympic Performance, Inc. on many topics including service, customer loyalty, employee loyalty, project management, Kanban Agile/Scrum, and quality.  He is certified by the Franklin-Covey Institute for the 5 Choices program and has developed his own version of the Franklin-Covey Institute 4 Disciplines of Execution program, which he also delivers frequently through Portland State University.  In 2009 he published a book titled Action with Traction about strategic planning and operational execution, incorporating many of the subjects on which he teaches and consult. 

Ron is also an experienced presenter and facilitator.  For example, he was keynote presenter to over 500 franchisees of the Papa Murphy’s company about Customer Loyalty and to the Alaska Telephone Association about Member Loyalty.  He has facilitated planning sessions for City, County, and State elected officials as well as for staff organizations.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and operations planning for for-profit and non-profit leadership teams and helped many teams at all levels in a wide variety of organizations challenged with differing priorities and personality conflicts become functional and effective. 

In February 2019, Ron was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers by Oregon State University.  The Academy award recognizes alumni for “sustained and distinguished contributions to the profession, the field, the university, or society at large.”

Active in his community and profession, Ron is past board chair for the Washington County Community Action Organization, a $26 million non-profit focused on addressing the issues and conditions of poverty and operating Head Start programs throughout Washington County.  He is chair of the Oregon State University Department of Industrial, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and member of the Willamette West Habitat for Humanity Trustee Advisory Council.  He has been chairman of the Clackamas County Budget Committee, vice-president of the TTS Youth Competitive Soccer Club, and chair of the Tualatin Americans with Disabilities Act Board.  He is a former elected official for the Tualatin City Council and served on the Tualatin Budget Committee, Tualatin Development Commission, Washington County Cooperative Library System Board, and Tualatin Core Area Parking Board.  He is past chair of the Tualatin Architectural Review Board and past president and director of the Portland Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. 

When not working, he enjoys photography, travel, and walking half-marathons while his wife runs full marathons. For more than 20 years he coached competitive youth soccer, first for Southside Soccer Club and later for Westside Timbers Premier Soccer Club.  He also coached soccer at Tigard High School and later at Tualatin High School.  Now he is an avid soccer fan.